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Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | 20 July 2003 (Austria)
An examination into the nature of 1960s-'70s horror films, the artists involved, and how they reflected contemporary society.

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Adam Simon

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Adam Simon
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Cast

Credited cast:
George A. Romero ... Himself
John Carpenter ... Himself
Tom Savini ... Himself
David Cronenberg ... Himself
Wes Craven ... Himself
Tobe Hooper ... Himself
John Landis ... Himself
Tom Gunning Tom Gunning ... Himself
Carol J. Clover Carol J. Clover ... Herself (as Carol Clover)
Adam Lowenstein Adam Lowenstein ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshall Anker Marshall Anker ... Himself (archive footage)
Evelyn Ankers ... Herself (archive footage)
Kirsten Bishop ... Herself (archive footage)
Joan Blackman ... Herself (archive footage)
Marilyn Burns ... Herself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Horror films have often been more than simple scares. At their best, they reflect society's anxiety's and concerns. In this film, major horror film makers such as George Romero and Tobe Hooper discuss the creation of their films in the 1960s and '70s and how they related to contemporary events while interviewed intellectuals give their own opinions. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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A celebration of Films from Horror's Golden Age of Fright.


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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2003 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Az amerikai rémálom See more »

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Minerva Pictures See more »
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Packaged as an extra on the Region 2 release of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes (1977). See more »

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Wes Craven: I think there is something about the "American Dream", the sort of Disneyesque dream if you will of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, god fearing and doing good whenever they can; that sort of expectation, and the flipside of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, I think that gives American horror films in some ways kind of an additional rage...
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Alternate Versions

Despite being shown uncut on BBC TV the version released in the UK, as part of The Hills Have Eyes 2-disc by Anchor Bay, was cut by 14 secs by the BBFC. This was to remove scenes from _Last House on the Left, The (1972)_ which had previously been cut by the BBFC. See more »

Connections

References Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Moya
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Performed by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
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Superb documentary regarding the horror film industry.
5 April 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Back before the dire imitators, genuinely superb horror films used to be made - horror films that represented the nation's feelings. One of the best examples is "Night of the Living Dead" and the Civil Rights movement metaphors.

Adam Simon's documentary is amazing in the fact that it manages to interview some of the greatest horror directors (George A. Romero, John Landis, Tom Savini, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, et al) and examine what their films REALLY meant.

Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of the horror genre, but I love the horror masterpieces. This documentary covers every film I can imagine that represents greatness - it's definitely worth a look, especially if you're a fan of the films it encompasses (check out IMDb's references page for more info).


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